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Emily Mullen

Emily Mullen - Publicist

New York, United States

Book publicity pro with more than 13 years of experience executing national media campaigns for bestselling fiction and nonfiction authors.

Overview

I began my career in publishing more than 13 years ago as the publicist for a small, independent publishing house, Quest Books (Nov. 2004)—and subsequently Sourcebooks in June 2010—in the suburbs of Chicago before relocating to New York. Just prior to joining the Tor/Forge publicity team in August 2013, I worked for nearly three years as the Senior Publicist for the book publicity agency located in Manhattan.

Most recently, from August 2013 to April 2017, I worked as the Senior Publicist for Tor/Forge Books, a division of Macmillan Publishers and the leading global publisher of Science Fiction and Fantasy books. Through this position I was responsible for coordinating and executing publicity campaigns for many of our mysteries and thrillers under the Forge imprint. High-profile and bestselling authors that I represent include James Grady ("Last Days of the Condor"), Lou Dobbs ("Border War"), and William Forstchen ("One Second After" and "One Year After"). Under the Tor imprint, I represented our largest epic fantasy author, Brandon Sanderson, whose last two titles, "Words of Radiance" (March 2014) and "Arcanum Unbounded" (November 2016), spent several weeks on national bestsellers lists. National media coverage for these authors includes major outlets like FOX News (FOX & Friends, Laura Ingraham, and Gov. Mike Huckabee), The Wall Street Journal, PARADE Magazine, and The New York Times books section.

Throughout my publicity career I've successfully managed local and national publicity campaigns for both adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction titles, covering every genre and vertical. This includes everything from self-help/personal growth, business, politics, health/nutrition, cooking, education, and family/parenting, to romance and women’s fiction, mysteries/thrillers, children’s picture books, historical and speculative fiction, and now science fiction and fantasy. I've had the privilege of working with several high-profile authors, including former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, acclaimed country musician John Carter Cash, and beloved actor Henry Winkler.

In addition to my vast knowledge of the publishing industry and exceptional writing and media pitching experience, my educational background is in Journalism (I received my Bachelor's Degree from Western Michigan University in 2000), which gives me the upper hand in communicating with the media. I’m able to effectively write pitches that garner media placements with the top national print, broadcast, and online outlets. In addition to those mentioned above, I’ve also booked coverage with outlets such as People Magazine, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Daily Beast, The Chicago Tribune, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, Ladies' Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, More magazine, NPR Books, Sirius XM Radio, Brian Lehrer, Diane Rehm, and Tavis Smiley. I continue to maintain and build strong working relationships with these and other pertinent media contacts today.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Fantasy Historical Fiction Inspirational Literature Romance Science Fiction Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Senior Publicist

Tor/Forge Books
August, 2013 – April, 2017 (over 3 years)

Was responsible for coordinating and executing national publicity campaigns for many of the imprints’ leading sci-fi/fantasy, mystery/thriller, and historical/speculative fiction titles.

Media & Public Relations Specialist

Freelance
November, 2012 – August, 2013 (9 months)

Worked independently as a Media and Public Relations Specialist, utilizing (at the time) more than a decade of experience in PR and marketing communications to serve both publishing and non-publishing, consumer based clientele. Stood out from other freelancers by combining my Journalism background with my vast knowledge of all media platforms to effectively write and distribute pitches that garner results with top national and local outlets based on each client's individual needs.

Senior Publicist

Manhattan-based Book Publicity Agency
June, 2010 – November, 2012 (over 2 years)

Was responsible for developing and executing media campaigns for a wide range of expert and bestselling authors spanning almost every genre and vertical.

Publicity Director

Get There Media
September, 2009 – June, 2010 (9 months)

Worked part-time as the Publicity Director for Get There Media, an independent brand development and promotional media firm; represented acclaimed authors, experts, and business professionals in order to obtain national and regional media coverage in an ongoing effort to spread public/consumer awareness of each client's product and/or name brand.

Publicist

Sourcebooks
January, 2008 – September, 2009 (over 1 year)

Worked as a publicist for an independent publishing company in the suburbs of Chicago, assigned primarily as the lead publicist for adult, non-fiction titles in the parenting core category, as well as self-help and women's interest titles, and several A-level fiction titles and best-selling gift books.

Quest Books

Publicity Manager
November, 2004 – January, 2008 (about 3 years)

Managed all publicity functions for an independent, non-profit publisher in the suburbs of Chicago; created and executed national and regional publicity campaigns and coordinated author events for adult non-fiction titles in the mind/body/spirit genre.

Publicist & Writer

Freelance
June, 2002 – March, 2005 (over 2 years)

College Board: Writer - July 2004-March 2005 - New York, NY
Wrote several articles for the College Board web site, ranging in topics from choosing which college to attend and major to study, to the course requirements of the NCAA and applying for scholarships as a college level athlete

Rainforest Relief: Publicist - Feb.-Aug. 2004 - New York, NY
Developed and executed local and national publicity campaigns for a non-profit environmental organization aimed at ending the commercial use of rainforest wood

Squeaky Wheel Media: Publicist - June 2002-Nov. 2004 - New York, NY
Developed and executed local and national publicity campaigns for a web design firm; responsibilities included producing and distributing press releases

Projects

Brandon Sanderson, #1 New York Times bestselling author (http://tinyurl.com/lvzq5n3)

Coordinated and executed major national media campaign for #1 New York Times bestselling epic fantasy author Brandon Sanderson's WORDS OF RADIANCE, the 2014 release in his Stormlight Archive series. As a result, this title spent several weeks on the NYT bestsellers' list, and was featured in the NYT books section. The full story can be read by clicking on the above link.

Sherri Smith, thriller author of FOLLOW ME DOWN (https://twitter.com/SL_Smith_)

Created and executed an extensive blog tour for bestselling fiction author, Sherri Smith, for the release of her U.S.-debut, FOLLOW ME DOWN. Major online placements, including a Reddit AMA, are featured on her Twitter feed at the link above.

Cherie Priest (http://www.cheriepriest.com/press-reviews)

Garnered superb print and online reviews for the horror/fantasy title, THE FAMILY PLOT:

[Starred (and Boxed!) Review] When Dahlia Dutton’s father sends her and a small crew to salvage a house near Lookout Mountain, Tenn., she finds that what you don’t know can hurt you in Priest’s spectacular modern haunted-house story. Dahlia is no stranger to ghosts, whether she’s being emotionally haunted by a failed marriage or by the metaphorical spirits that linger in old buildings. The concept of home salvage disturbing ghosts is brilliant, and while common elements of haunted house stories are certainly present (a mysterious owner with family secrets, locked rooms, unnatural storms, etc.), Priest (Boneshaker) handles them with tremendous skill, putting the pieces together to keep the reader guessing and more than a little scared. The characters are given a compelling reason to stay (the family business will fail if this job falls through) and their interpersonal dynamics humanize them, making them more than just cannon fodder as the hauntings increase in severity. Priest has written an excellent modern house story from start to finish. Agent: Jennifer Jackson, Donald Maass Literary. (Sept.) ~Publishers Weekly

[Starred Review] In Priest’s gothic haunted-house story, workers at failing architectural salvage company are given a once-in-a-lifetime chance to reverse their fortunes, if they can survive the ghosts plaguing the property. DahliaDutton, the daughter of Music City Salvage’s owner, loves old houses. She’s still sore over losing her own beautifully restored home in her divorce. Once Dahlia arrives at the grand, well-preserved Withrow estate in the Tennessee mountains, she wishes she could save it; instead, she and her crew—her estranged cousin Bobby; his lovable son, Gabe; and salvage rookie Brad—have mere days to rescue the valuables before demolition. To save money, they sleep on-site, when the mansion’s romantic charm turns menacing. Strange occurrences and spectral sightings increase as the crew dismantles the house, exposing the Withrow family’s secrets. Priest spices up a standard haunting with an irresistible premise focused on the “hidden treasure” aspect of salvage work. Careful character building accentuates the novel’s slow build, so by the time the salvagers are in real danger, they feel like real people, too. Despite lulls in pacing, the final scenes are terrifying. Highly recommended for fans of contemporary ghost stories. ~Booklist

[4 Stars] Priest continues to cement her reputation as a master of modern gothic with a haunted house tale that’s a slow burn with an utterly addictive finale….In The Family Plot, Dahlia Dutton and her salvage crew are given a last ditch job to wreck and salvage an especially tantalizing property. Ignorant of the house and Withrow family’s history, the crew soon find themselves haunted by a multitude of spirits. At first, the spirits are content to scare and pester, but as Dahlia uncovers more of the secrets the house has held for nearly a century, something dark and violent emerges — something that has squared all its rage on Dahlia Dutton alone. ~Romantic Times

The Family Plot by Cherie Priest should carry a warning label: Do not read this book in bed at night. To avoid stress and shivers up the spine only read it outside in bright sunlight while wearing a large crucifix and with a bottle of holy water close at hand. An exorcist might not be a bad idea either. … [It’s] more than just spooky; it is The Haunting of Hill House and Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho entwined in a dark tale of murder, spiritualism, and a ghost who doesn’t want to leave the Withrow Mansion. … Priest’s use of such a prosaic, unromantic blue-collar background as a salvage company is pure genius. The contrast between a salvage crew in jeans and work boots and a malevolent ghost in a yellow dress makes the plot more believable. ~New York Journal of Books

A ghost story lives or dies on its creep factor, and Priest absolutely nails it, spinning a Southern Gothic tale of family secrets and avenging spirits with just enough humor sprinkled throughout to break the tension before racheting the suspense back up to heart-pounding levels. And what’s a good ghost story without a creepy finale that leaves enough questions unanswered to leave you hanging in the best way? Read it, and get used to morning showers and sleeping with the lights on. ~The Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog

The Family Plot, like all well crafted ghost stories, slowly creeps up on you. Somewhere in your peripheral vision, it unsettlingly teases, dropping chilling clues. Then, in the dark, it pounces…. ~Pop Culture Beast

The Family Plot by Cherie Priest is a wonderfully atmospheric and chillingly gothic ghost story populated with well rounded characters, a particularly malevolent ghost and a house with a character all of its own. I loved this. It seriously gave me the goosebumps and, frankly (although I could be something of a wuss) scared me into not reading alone late at night … If you love a story that steadily ratchets up the tension until you’re sitting with the hairs standing up on the back of your neck then this could definitely be for you. ~The Speculative Herald

The Family Plot delivers a double helping of fun: A prospectus of auction items worthy of Southern Living is served up alongside a tale of gothic suspense woven from the familiar fabric of lost war ballads, flavored with the bitter twang of ingrown family evils and hypocritical Confederate piety. For Priest, as for her vulnerable protagonist, the more traditional the object, the more valuable it’s got to be. ~Bookpage

In The Family Plot Cherie Priest dismantles two forms of horror, Southern Gothic and the haunted house story, reducing them to their constituent parts as the heroine and her salvage crew take apart an old mansion (whose dark spell persists while its parts – furnishings, forgotten heirlooms, choice architectural details – get assessed and packed away).

Dahlia Dutton, the recently divorced thirtysomething woman whose father created Nashville-based company Music City Salvage and chose her to lead this project, calls it ‘‘disassembling.’’ In reviewer’s lingo, the novel itself might be called a work of ‘‘deconstruction,’’ but Priest brings it off without avant-garde shenanigans, through a gripping, unbroken narrative and one main viewpoint character….

…They’ve got to see this project through, since the company’s financial survival depends on what they make from it. To save their own lives and sanity, they need to learn as much as possible about the family tragedy that spawned the ghosts. Since these are modern times (even in countryside miles from Chattanooga), smartphones and web links give the team a chance. But the danger grows more acute, over the course of what proves to be a remarkable new take on old darkness – both living and dead. ~Locus

Dr. William Forstchen (https://jimbakkershow.com/video/dr-william-forstchen)

As the Senior Publicist for Tor/Forge Books, I booked the national television campaign for New York Times bestselling thriller author and history expert William Forstchen, which included several appearances on The Jim Bakker Show to discuss his highly acclaimed John Matherson series (ONE SECOND AFTER, ONE YEAR AFTER, and THE FINAL DAY).

Henry Winkler and John Carter Cash

As the Senior Publicist for the Manhattan-based book publicity agency, I developed and executed the national media campaigns for two major celebrity authors, I'VE NEVER MET AN IDIOT ON THE RIVER: Reflections on Family, Photography, and Fly-Fishing by Henry Winkler, and HOUSE OF CASH: The Legacies of My Father, Johnny Cash, by John Carter Cash. This included creating all press material and setting up national TV/radio, print, and online media coverage, as well as booking and attending local NYC author events.

Drs. Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz (http://www.simplethingsmatter.com)

As the part-time publicity director for Get There Media, I coordinated and executed the full media campaign for authors and relationship experts, Dr. Charles and Dr. Elizabeth Schmitz. This included created press and pitch materials, booking a national satellite radio tour, and arranging print and online media for one of their acclaimed books, SIMPLE THINGS MATTER: IN LOVE AND MARRIAGE.

Lisa Katz (http://lisakatzbooks.com/)

Worked with debut children's author Lisa (Notey) Katz to market her new brand and publicize her educational kid's book, THE LITTLE BOY WHO DIDN'T SAY BLESS YOU, and the female-empowering gift book, JEAN EXPRESSIONS.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection

Brandon Sanderson

An all-new 120-page Stormlight Archive novella, "Edgedancer," will be the crown jewel of Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection, the first book of short fiction by #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson. The collection will include nine works in all. The first eight are: “The Hope of Elantris” (Elantris)“The Eleventh Metal” (Mistborn)“The Emperor's Soul” (Elantris)“Allomance... read more

An all-new 120-page Stormlight Archive novella, "Edgedancer," will be the crown jewel of Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection, the first book of short fiction by #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson. The collection will include nine works in all. The first eight are: “The Hope of Elantris” (Elantris)“The Eleventh Metal” (Mistborn)“The Emperor's Soul” (Elantris)“Allomance... read more

Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive)

Brandon Sanderson

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance, Book Two of the Stormlight Archive, continues the immersive fantasy epic that The Way of Kings began.Expected by his enemies to die the miserable death of a military slave, Kaladin survived to be given command of the royal bodyguards, a controversial first for a low-status "darkeyes." Now he must protect the king a... read more

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance, Book Two of the Stormlight Archive, continues the immersive fantasy epic that The Way of Kings began.Expected by his enemies to die the miserable death of a military slave, Kaladin survived to be given command of the royal bodyguards, a controversial first for a low-status "darkeyes." Now he must protect the king a... read more

Follow Me Down: A Novel

Sherri Smith

Follow Me Down is a rare find―a gutsy, visceral, and beautifully crafted psychological thriller that Diane Chamberlain called "an engrossing page turner [that] will keep you guessing right up to the delicious ending" from talented new author Sherri Smith.Mia Haas has built her life far from the North Dakota town where she grew up, but when she receives word that her twin brother is missing, sh... read more

Follow Me Down is a rare find―a gutsy, visceral, and beautifully crafted psychological thriller that Diane Chamberlain called "an engrossing page turner [that] will keep you guessing right up to the delicious ending" from talented new author Sherri Smith.Mia Haas has built her life far from the North Dakota town where she grew up, but when she receives word that her twin brother is missing, sh... read more

One Second After (A John Matherson Novel)

William R. Forstchen

New York Times best selling author William R. Forstchen now brings us a story which can be all too terrifyingly real...a story in which one man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war, in one second, a war that will send America back to the Dark Ages...A war based upon a weapon, an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP). A weapon that may already be in th... read more

New York Times best selling author William R. Forstchen now brings us a story which can be all too terrifyingly real...a story in which one man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war, in one second, a war that will send America back to the Dark Ages...A war based upon a weapon, an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP). A weapon that may already be in th... read more

Border War

Lou Dobbs, James O. Born

Border War is a timely thriller about the struggles of US law enforcement officers on the Mexican border by TV broadcaster Lou Dobbs.The border is a tough place to work, especially for FBI agent Tom Eriksen. With a history of violence, he cannot afford any on-duty screw-ups. So when an investigation ends in a bloody shootout and the shooting is deemed "questionable," the bureau reassigns Eriks... read more

Border War is a timely thriller about the struggles of US law enforcement officers on the Mexican border by TV broadcaster Lou Dobbs.The border is a tough place to work, especially for FBI agent Tom Eriksen. With a history of violence, he cannot afford any on-duty screw-ups. So when an investigation ends in a bloody shootout and the shooting is deemed "questionable," the bureau reassigns Eriks... read more

The Murder of Willie Lincoln: A Novel (John Hay Mystery)

Burt Solomon

The Murder of Willie Lincoln is an exciting historical fiction debut by award-winning political journalist and Washington insider Burt Solomon.Washington City, 1862: The United States lies in tatters, and there seems no end to the war. Abraham Lincoln, the legitimate President of the United States, is using all his will to keep his beloved land together. But Lincoln’s will and soul are tested ... read more

The Murder of Willie Lincoln is an exciting historical fiction debut by award-winning political journalist and Washington insider Burt Solomon.Washington City, 1862: The United States lies in tatters, and there seems no end to the war. Abraham Lincoln, the legitimate President of the United States, is using all his will to keep his beloved land together. But Lincoln’s will and soul are tested ... read more

Gone to Dust: A Novel

Matt Goldman

Set in Minnesota, Gone to Dust is the debut private eye murder mystery from Emmy Award-winning Seinfeld writer Matt Goldman.“Sharp wit, complex characters, and masterful plotting makes Goldman a writer to watch. Irreverent and insightful, private detective Nils Shapiro is sure to become a fan favorite.”―Harlan Coben, New York Times bestselling authorA brutal crime. The ultimate cover-up. How d... read more

Set in Minnesota, Gone to Dust is the debut private eye murder mystery from Emmy Award-winning Seinfeld writer Matt Goldman.“Sharp wit, complex characters, and masterful plotting makes Goldman a writer to watch. Irreverent and insightful, private detective Nils Shapiro is sure to become a fan favorite.”―Harlan Coben, New York Times bestselling authorA brutal crime. The ultimate cover-up. How d... read more

The Family Plot: A Novel

Cherie Priest

From Cherie Priest, author of the enormously successful Boneshaker, The Family Plot is a haunted house story for the ages―atmospheric, scary, and strange, with a modern gothic sensibility that’s every bit as fresh as it is frightening. Music City Salvage is owned and operated by Chuck Dutton: master stripper of doomed historic properties and expert seller of all things old and crusty. Business... read more

From Cherie Priest, author of the enormously successful Boneshaker, The Family Plot is a haunted house story for the ages―atmospheric, scary, and strange, with a modern gothic sensibility that’s every bit as fresh as it is frightening. Music City Salvage is owned and operated by Chuck Dutton: master stripper of doomed historic properties and expert seller of all things old and crusty. Business... read more

The Final Day: A Novel (A John Matherson Novel)

William R. Forstchen

A major release in the New York Times bestselling One Second After series, set in an alternate America rebuilding after an electromagnetic pulse, this is William R. Forstchen's The Final Day.Since the detonation of nuclear weapons above the United States more than two years ago, the small town of Black Mountain, North Carolina has suffered famine, civil war, and countless deaths. Now, after de... read more

A major release in the New York Times bestselling One Second After series, set in an alternate America rebuilding after an electromagnetic pulse, this is William R. Forstchen's The Final Day.Since the detonation of nuclear weapons above the United States more than two years ago, the small town of Black Mountain, North Carolina has suffered famine, civil war, and countless deaths. Now, after de... read more

Tower Down: A Kirk McGarvey Novel

David Hagberg

New York Times bestselling author David Hagberg continues his successful Kirk McGarvey series in Tower Down, a searing thriller about terrorist attacks on NYC's pencil towers.A freelance killer, code-named Al-Nassar, “the Eagle,” topples a New York City pencil tower and sends it crashing down onto the street. Hundreds of people are killed―both the multi-billionaires inside and the innocent bys... read more

New York Times bestselling author David Hagberg continues his successful Kirk McGarvey series in Tower Down, a searing thriller about terrorist attacks on NYC's pencil towers.A freelance killer, code-named Al-Nassar, “the Eagle,” topples a New York City pencil tower and sends it crashing down onto the street. Hundreds of people are killed―both the multi-billionaires inside and the innocent bys... read more

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